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  1. Eileen says:

    Love this. Do you know the date?

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    1. I’m going to guess the 1870’s, but it’s a guess. 🙂

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  2. Self contained grace, a beautiful child.

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    1. I visited a children’s residential home yesterday and met a little boy. It was obvious he had some learning delays. I remembered with some regret how I used to avoid people with “problems.” It struck me yesterday talking to this lonely child how often I have missed seeing the grace in other people. It’s so much easier to do when I have a photo from long ago. Maybe it’s a safer thing for me.

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      1. I had a similar experience when I as a kid – avoided a girl in our class who we’d called “retarded.” Even then I knew our behavior toward her was unforgivably horrible. It’s at the heart of one of my books.

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      2. Isn’t it weird that as a kid you know it’s horrible but you don’t stop what you’re doing?

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  3. equinoxio21 says:

    A lovely picture. I always find those moving. The little girl is long dead. What was her life? It is a bit like watching an old Jimmy Stewart movie. Practially everyone in the picture is gone… 🙂

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    1. You’ve tapped into something I spend so many happy and sad hours thinking about. What is that feeling that comes with being drawn into a dead person’s expression in an old photo? Whatever it is I’m addicted to it.

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      1. equinoxio21 says:

        Go back a bit. I have photographs of my great-grandmother in India when she was a child. Around 1850 or 1860. Photography was barely invented. And all I have is the shock of light on a silver plate bouncing off the little girl that was there… She is long gone. But the bits of light are still here. Dumbfounding isn’t it? Have a lovely week Adrienne.
        Brian

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      2. Sure is–and I like how you put it.

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  4. carlamcgill says:

    Wonderful photo. So much can be imagined about her messy hair, her hands, so gently resting and touching each other, and the somewhat stunned look in her eyes.

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    1. Hi Carla,
      She reminds me of my first day at Catholic school! haha!

      She’s a beautiful little girl. One can only imagine the thoughts going through her head.

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      1. carlamcgill says:

        🙂 Yes, she is very beautiful. Where do you get the wonderful photos?

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      2. The Library of Congress is a great place to begin.

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